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XSLT in the Real World

Adapting Web Pages for Specific Audiences

One of the biggest challenges of Web design for the 21st Century is making content accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities who use assistive technologies such as screenreaders or Braille terminals. One approach is to create pages that degrade gracefully and offer text alternatives to graphic content. This strategy has worked well and made the World Wide Web much more usable by people with special needs.

The advent of XSLT offers the opportunity to use different approach—the chance to make Web sites that can actually "morph" to meet the specific needs of its users. One company who is applying this approach is Edapta, Inc. of San Diego, California (Figure 19.5). Edapta has applied XSL technology to solving the accessibility problems of the Web, and has come up with some interesting results.


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